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Faculty Profile

KENYA ELIZABETH WOLFF

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TEACHER EDUCATION
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
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316 GUYTON HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-7350
Joined UM: 08/18/2016

Areas of Expertise

  • CRITICAL GLOBALIZATION STUDIES
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION, MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
  • FAMILY, CHILD CARE ISSUES
  • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Brief Bio

Dr. Wolff is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in 2016. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Chaminade University (Honolulu), a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Woman's University and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wolff teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in early childhood education. Dr. Woff ‘s experience as a classroom teacher and administrator allows her to bring real-world knowledge to the students she teaches at Ole Miss. These experiences range from working as a toddler teacher in corporate child care, to public school math and social studies teacher, to assistant director of a United Way program for “at-risk” bilingual children, to director of a private preschool/kindergarten. Beyond her work in the classroom, she has served as a board member for the Texas and Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, working at the state level on policy issues that impact the lives of young children and their families. Dr. Wolff's research utilizes critical qualitative methodologies and focuses on social justice across various social contexts of childhood. For example, her dissertation research examined corporate marketing as central curriculum for today's globalized child. She has written several subsequent articles on marketing to young children and the impact materialism has on children within today's globalized world. She currently has several studies underway, including one on the use of yoga in preschool settings, a study on homeschooling as “school choice” in rural settings and an investigation on administrative decisions to recommend alternative schools for young children. In addition to research, Dr. Wolff currently holds a position on the editorial board for the Southern Early Childhood Association Journal, Dimensions and serves as an associate editor for the journal, International Critical Childhood Studies.

Degrees

PHD
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS/DENTON, TX (2014)